Girondins de Bordeaux vs Newcastle United Europa League match banter!
Posted on December 6th, 2012 | 62 Comments |
Venue: Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux.
Date: 6th December 2012.
Kick off: 6:00pm UK time (7pm local time).
Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel).
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s game, which sees the Magpies facing the Girondins of Bordeaux once again, this time at their place.
Both teams might already be through to the next stage, but this is more than a dead rubber as the teams will fighting to see who comes out as the winners of Group D, which will have consequences for the next round. Whilst it might not guaranteed that the group winners will avoid a difficult team in the next round for reasons which are horrendously complicated (as they usually are in the Europa League), what it will guarantee is that the winners will be able to play the second leg of their next knockout rounds at home.
Anyway, moving on to the game itself, you might know already that Alan Pardew and the lads were delayed by the weather in their trip over to France, but below is the squad he is taking, with an emphasis on youth, along with a few veterans (Captain Colo and Uncle Shola) to look after the bairns:
Newcastle United: Tim Krul (G), Rob Elliot (G), Fabricio Coloccini (D), Mike Williamson (D), Danny Simpson (D), James Tavernier (D), James Perch (D, M), Vurnon Anita (M, D), Shane Ferguson (M, D), Mehdi Abeid (M), Gael Bigirimana (M), Romain Amalfitano (M), Sammy Ameobi (M,F), Shola Ameobi (F), Adam Campbell (F), Papiss Cisse (F), Nile Ranger (F). .
As usual, I shall also be posting the final teams before the kick off too.
Meanwhile on the other side, Bordeaux’s Silver Supremo, Francis Gillot has been hinting at a mixture of youth and experience, and a possible desire for revenge after an unusual 3-0 humiliation for the usually fairly stingy French team in their previous leg against the Magpies at St James’ Park. When asked if he would be starting many young players, Gillot responded:
Yes, some [young players] will begin the game. This was already the case in Montpellier, but I could still count on elements of experience too.”
So there you have it, a mixed portfolio of youth and experience from Alan Pardew’s Silver haired French counterpart. Speking on the previous 3-0 defeat, he felt that though Newcastle were the group favourites, that the 3 goal margin was “heavy.” He said:
“The 3-0 was a little heavy. We gave the second goal and the third goal was offside. There were not three goals between the two teams.”
He might be be right but it was a deserved victory nonetheless against a strangely lacklustre Bordeaux side who currently stand at 6th in France’s Ligue 1.
So for now I will get on with reminding you that though the game will be broadcast in the UK on ESPN, i will be posting some links for the game in the comments section, along with highlights, and possibly a video of the whole game if one becomes available.
Which only leaves it for me to say:
Howay the Lads!
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Kevin Olimpa (G), Matthieu Chalme, Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Maxime Poundje, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Andre Poko, Gregory Sertic (C), Henri Saivet, David Bellion, Cheick Diabate
Substitutes: Abdoulaye Keita, Ludovic Sane, Landry N’Guemo, Nicolas Maurice-Belay, Hadi Sacko.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi (C), Nile Ranger.
Subs: Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Papiss Cisse, Adam Campbell.